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Pope Francis (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The European Festival of Joy and Mercy will take place in November

Women listen to Pope Francis during Mass in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (AP)

The Pope’s prayer intentions for May have been released via video

The Trevi Fountain in Rome is lit in red during an event to raise awareness of the plight of Christian martyrs (CNS)

The event was sponsored by Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need

Pope Francis arriving for a special Holy Year audience with the armed forces, in St Peter's Square (AP)

Speaking to to the faithful in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis also appealed for peace in Syria

Archbishop Eamon Martin is  Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland (PA)

The bishops have released a pastoral document ahead of next week’s elections

Bishop Bernard Fellay, centre, with SSPX priests (AP)

Fr Franz Schmidberger said that, if the society’s position were regularised, it would still speak out against ‘errors’

A painting of Mary and the Christ Child is is seen in 2014 at the damaged St Thecla Orthodox monastery in the predominantly Christian town of Maaloula, Syria (CNS photo/Youssef Badawi, EPA)

Project is the ‘first concrete outcome’ of the Pope’s meeting with Patriarch Kirill

Cardinal Turkson said that it is "plausible" that Pope Francis may write a new encyclical letter on Just War Theory (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
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Amoris Laetitia (AP)

Robert Spaemann said Communion was a ‘yes or no’ question and that the Pope’s document could lead to a schism

Pope Francis (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

In a letter the Pope urged prisoners not to be trapped by their past